"Temperature Regulation in Colored Infrared-Transparent Polyethylene Textiles"

Lili Cai: Yucan Peng, Jinwei Xu, Chenyu Zhou, Chenxing Zhou, Peilin Wu, Dingchang Lin, Shanhui Fan, and Yi Cui; Joule, 03/21/19.

Additional Authors: Yucan Peng, Jinwei Xu, Chenyu Zhou, Chenxing Zhou, Peilin Wu, Dingchang Lin, Shanhui Fan, and Yi Cui

Abstract:

Effectively regulating heat flow between the human body and its environment not only increases thermal comfort but also presents a novel and potentially cost-effective approach to reducing building energy consumption. Infrared property-engineered textiles have been shown to passively regulate radiative heat dissipation for effective cooling and warming of the human body. However, a lack of dyes that can tune the textile color without compromising the infrared properties remains a major impediment to textile commercialization. Here, we report a new strategy utilizing inorganic nanoparticles as a coloring component for scalable brightly colored, infrared-transparent textiles. The as-fabricated composite textiles not only show a high infrared transparency of ∼80% and a passive cooling effect of ∼1.6°C–1.8°C but also exhibit intense visible colors with good stability against washing. This facile coloration approach will promote the commercialization of radiative cooling textiles in temperature-regulating wearable applications for effective energy savings.